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2016 AmeriSchools Bike Club

 

A thank you to our sponsors and volunteers

 

 

Dear Bike Friends,

 

I personally want to thank each of you for your support of our future, our students.  Inner-city kids struggle in many different ways and they are very appreciative of any assistance that comes their way.  The bike club, in its 5th year, makes incredible strides from year to year.  A few highlights from this year are the following:

 

·         Record initial turnout of 21 students

·         Year ended with 15 members, with 10 riding fairly consistently (poor grades and other conflicts)

·         Out of the 35 meetings we’ve had, one student missed two and four have missed just four.

·         Eleven students geared up to complete over 100 miles and the entire club logged 2259 miles!  In comparison the last 3 years were as follows:   1303, 1392, and 1052 miles.   

·         Three students were over the 200 mile mark, six over the 150 mile mark and two others over the 100 mile mark

·         Aside from monies donated which help with the upkeep of the bikes and other supplies, the students have been furnished helmets, gloves, water bottles, socks and a real bike shirt (loaned from the school).

·         Many bikes received new street tires and tubes and replacement brake pads.  Currently, six bikes have off-road tires and tubes

·         Record number, 7,  of volunteers assisting and riding with the students

 

My sincere thanks go out to all our sponsors and volunteers for allowing our students to participate in a healthy activity and making them feel like they are a part of something.

 

Warm Regards,

 Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent

 
 
 
 
2015 Season
 
With our 5th year under our belt it was a great riding season.  The students compiled a total of 1303 miles in a season that started in late October and concluded in mid March.  We had a total of 20 students that started out the year and ended with 14 consistent riders.  Of the 14 riders, 6 logged in well over 100 miles with additional riders being in the 80 -90 mile bracket. 
 
Considering that the rides are at the end of the school day, in an afterschool club, most of the rides are between 7-10 miles.  With two Saturday rides this year, 18 miles (breakfast ride) and 37 miles (Tempe Town Lake) respectively, the students learned about multi-model transportation as we also took the light rail.  Our destination was Tempe Town Lake with a tour of ASU, the Lake and Mill Avenue. 
 
Each year the experiences offers students lots of fun in learning how to become a safe bicyclist.  With the help of the many supporters from year to year this is the only way we can function as a club for youth.  Please take the time to support a worthy cause and assist our future on the importance of a life long activity of safe biking for many inner-city youth.
 
See you on the streets!
 
Warm Regards,
Gary LeBlanc
Superintendent
 
 
 
2014 Season

As the Bicycle club concluded its 4 season, I would like to share a few gems of the past

years achievements: record initial turnout of over 20 students in grades 6-8, 1392 total miles

logged, 1 student logged over 200 miles and 6 others logged over 100 miles!!!

Biking is a growing sport and activity worldwide and we are pleased that we are able to

bring it to the AmeriSchools campus.

 

Students have been introduced to numerous safety discussions, functions of bike parts and etiquette rules on riding along the streets as well as riding as a group. All the children have done an excellent job! As a result of the many sponsors and supporters of the program, we have been able to equip the students with refurbished bikes to use, new helmets, new gloves,

insulated water bottles, a variety of miscellaneous items and a free family membership to the Arizona Bicycling Club 
(which also insures your child when we are on rides.)

 

Being able to ride on a consistent basis has many positive benefits. First, it gets your child in

shape; second, it makes them feel comfortable with the control of a bike; and third, gives them

the experience of riding in a variety of situations.  All of this promotes fun, enjoyable and

safe biking practices. These all lead to bicycling as a lifelong activity.

Thank you to all the sponsors to help these students out:  ABC, The Arizona Group, Patty Wright and Dedrie Cohen

 

See you on the streets!!!

AmeriSchools Academy (K-8), 1333 W. Camelback Rd. 602.532.0100 www.amerischools.org

2013 AmeriSchools Bike Club
 

October 24, 2013

 

Dear Potential Sponsor,

 

I personally want to thank each of you for your support of our future, our students.  Inner city kids struggle in many different ways and they are very appreciative of any assistance that comes their way.  The bike club, in its 5th year, makes incredible strides from year to year.  A few highlights from this past year and goals for this new year are as follows:

 

                2012 Record initial turnout of 24 students                 2013 Initial turnout of 21 students

                2012 1052 miles clocked by students;                       2013 Going for new record

                        4 students over 100 miles      

                2012 Donations for tires, gloves and supplies           2013 New tires and tubes

                2012 Four student members presented an                2013 Safety program school wide
                         introduction/safety related program to our

                         kindergarten, first and second graders.

                2012 Light Rail/Bike tour of Tempe Town Lake         2013 Light Rail/Bike trip to?

                         ASU and Mill Ave.

                2012 Finishing members15                                        2013 TBD

                2012 93% attendance, with good grades                   2013 TBD

                          and no detentions

           

My sincere thanks go out to all our potential sponsors for allowing our students to participate in a healthy activity and making them feel like they are a part of something.

 
 Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent
 
 
2012 AmeriSchools Bike Club

A thank you to our sponsors:

ABC

Dear Sponsors,

I personally want to thank each of you for your support of our future, our students. Inner city
kids struggle in many different ways and they are very appreciative of any assistance that comes
their way. The bike club, in its 4th year, makes incredible strides from year to year. A few
highlights from this year are the following:

  • Record initial turnout of 24 students
  • Currently at 15 members, with 9 riding fairly consistently (poor grades and other conflicts)
  • Out of the 23 meetings we’ve had, one student has one and four have missed just two.
  • Five students are geared up to complete over 100 miles. Last year the students completed just under 80 miles from September to April. There are four more scheduled rides for the season.

Aside from monies donated which help with the upkeep of the bikes and other
supplies, the students have been furnished helmets, gloves, water bottles, socks
and a real bike shirt (loaned from the school).
Many bikes received new street tires and tubes and replacement brake pads.

Currently, six bikes have off-road tires and tubes.
Four student members will be presenting an introduction/safety related program to
our kindergartens and first graders this next month.


My sincere thanks go out to all our sponsors for allowing our students to participate in a healthy
activity and making them feel like they are a part of something.

Warm Regards,

Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent

 

 

 

Greetings AmeriSchools Bike Club Supporters!

The club is coming along quite nicely with 4 major rides under our belts (longest 7.5 miles) and more to come.  Membership has dropped a bit due to other school related conflicts, but it is still hovering around 16 with 9 or more consistantly riding.  The students have been equipped with a bike, helmet, gloves, water bottles and great new bike shirts.  Rides are scheduled each week and we are planning two special rides.  One is the "Link the Lake" ride on December 4 and the other is the "Ride for the Children" in April 2011.  This past weekend we rode to the Berlatsky Bridge which the kids really enjoyed.  Please take a look at the pictures.

Warm Regards,
Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent
www.amerischools.org



Greetings Fellow Bicycling Supporters!

The AmeriSchools Bike Club is up and running.  After much disappointment last year, we have started this year with most everything in place.  We have approximately 20 kids that have joined the club.  Following are the accomplishments thus far:

1.  Three club meetings (21, 20 and 19 members respectively!)
2.  Election of officer's.  The club will be hosting some fundraiser activities, developing and presenting appreciation certificates and attending at least one ABC Board meeting.
3.  Total of 22 bikes in house.  The bike donations have really come through this year with assistance from Sheila Foraker (Perimeter Bike Club in Tucson), ABC members and Dominic's bike Shop in Tempe.  Thank you all.
4.  Tru-Fit Bike helmets ordered from Bell.
5.  Solicitations to 5 different organizations to help us secure "real" bike shirts with logo's, pockets and BRIGHT YELLOW
6.  Three Tax Donations (ABC members) received thus far totaling $525.00, a $20 cash donation (ABC member) and three pending verbal contributors (AZ Coalition, three ABC members).  These donations should help with the costs of the bike refurbishings, shirts, gloves and misc. items that will be needed.
7.  Donation from ABC that includes an ABC Family Membership for all members, insulated water bottles and socks (yeah Sylvia!)
8.  Posting of October scheduled events which I have attached for your reference.

In any folks can assist me in working with the kids on the Monday's noted as well as their first ride on the 30th, that would be great!!

Thanks again for to all for helping these inner city kids be a part of something.

Warm Regards,


Gary LeBlanc
Superintendent
www.amerischools.org

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